Behold! The back! Pretty similar to the front really.
So upon review...
The pattern is easy to follow but I don't think the template matches up with the number of Hexes. I would make them 4" next time. I also ballsed up the lining but that's my own fault.
I quilted the lining to the front so I just sewed it all together and bias binded the seams rather than making a separate lining and stitching it in. I don't mind how I did it. I quite like seeing the stitching. The whole bag feels a bit flimsy though. It collapses when you put it down into a quilted blob. I wish I had added a bit of interfacing.
I also added a bigger pocket. I just wanted something I could slip my iphone into and my wallet. In all honesty, without a zip or fastening, the bag isn't really that useful as a handbag as I think someone could easily slip their hand in that gaping side hole. Plus I sewed the pocket in by hand which I don't think is great from a wear and tear factor. But as a project bag/day trip bag it works perfectly.
The handles are also different and I had to make up how to attach them. I made material bits to secure the wooden handles which were the same width as the hexes so it would look neat. They came out a little long though. They do flop nicely over the top though which pleases me.
So all in all, a successful project.
Time to delve back into the project notebook and see what's next on the cards. Another bag? there is a more secure one I would like to try. Or some shorts for Penelope or some harem trousers to make her look like she eats lentils and quinoa rather than chicken dippers and smiley faces. Or a card holder for my credit cards or something else! These small projects are working out perfectly.
And the ongoing bigger idea is to make something for myself. It's difficult though as it requires more fabric so more money and I worry I will basically make some kind of sack. I ordered some swatches from the cheap Fabric Mill up north. I was thinking maybe a winter flannel Tova dress. That's why the check is in there. Can I wear that much check? As Rachel pointed out, we are too young to wear that much linen. We need to have lumpy feet and sandals for that, so the linen swatches are out. The flowers are not as soft and dainty as they looked so they are out. And the cream stripe is lovely, but am I a cream person? I wish I could just see a fabric and go 'YES!' I did see some lovely fabric in RayStitch so I might go back there and see if the price is prohibitive.